Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela set to join NCP

first_imgFormer Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela is set to join the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the state unit of the Sharad Pawar-led party said on Thursday. The 78-year-old Kshatriya strongman had left the Congress before the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections. He had then helped the BJP in the Rajya Sabha polls. “Former Chief Minister of Gujarat Shankarsinh Vaghela will join NCP in presence of party president Sharad Pawar and senior leader Praful Patel,” Gujarat NCP president Jayant Patel alias Boski said. “Vaghela ji is a dynamic leader who knows the pulse of state and the country. I welcome his entry into the NCP and it will give a boost to the party in the state,” he said. The former Union Minister is likely to join the NCP on January 29, the party sources said. However, Mr. Vaghela has so far neither confirmed nor denied that he will join the NCP. Mr. Vaghela’s entry into the NCP can lead to a three-way fight on a few Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat if the Congress fails to enter into a pre-poll alliance with Mr. Pawar’s party. The State has 26 Lok Sabha seats and all of them were won by the BJP in the 2014 general elections.Mr. Vaghela had left the Congress before the 2017 state assembly polls, after he and a few MLAs supporting him voted against Congress candidate for the Rajya Sabha, Ahmed Patel and backed BJP nominee Balwantsinh Rajput.Mr. Vaghela, however, did not join the ruling BJP and put up independent candidates in the state assembly elections held in December 2017. All his candidates had lost polls. Recently, Mr. Vaghela had toured various places, including Delhi, and declared that he will fight for removal of the BJP-led government at the Centre in 2019. In 2017, the Congress and the NCP had fought assembly elections separately. The NCP was able to win just one seat in the 182-member assembly. If in 2019, both the parties fail to reach a seat- sharing agreement, then it will be a three-way fight on some Lok Sabha seats where Vaghela and his supporters will contest as NCP candidates, the party sources said.Mr. Vaghela is a prominent OBC leader, who started his political career with the BJP. After the BJP came to power in 1995 in Gujarat and chose to make Keshubhai Patel Cheif Minister instead of him, Mr. Vaghela engineered a split in the saffron outfit and became the Chief Minister in 1996 with outside support of the Congress. Later, he joined the Congress and served as Textile Minister in the Manmohan Singh government. While in the Congress, he also served as its State unit president and Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat assembly.last_img read more

No. 1 draft pick Fultz out 2 to 3 more weeks for 76ers

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft will continue with physiotherapy as he returns from his soreness and scapular muscle imbalance.Fultz has played only four games this season. He is shooting 33 percent, 50 percent from the free-throw line and has not attempted a 3-point shot all season, all as a reserve.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Markelle Fultz. APPHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz will miss another two to three weeks as he recovers from soreness in his right shoulder.The Sixers said Fultz’s return to action will be determined by how the shoulder responds to progressive basketball training and practices in the interim.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

ED seizes Rs 9 cr from hawala dealer’s office in Connaught Place

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday seized Rs 9.28 crore in cash from an alleged hawala dealer’s office in Connaught Place.The modus operandi of Pankaj Kapoor – dealer-cum-owner of CP Vault Private Limited, which offers safe deposit locker facility to customers and is located in B block – was to collect cash from the parties concerned, generate invoices of diamond sale against the money collected and transfer the funds by misusing banking channels.After a tip- off, an ED team led by assistant directors Rajeshwar Singh and Sharath Chaudhary swooped down on Kapoor’s premises in CP late in the night and recovered large volumes of unaccountedfor money that was largely in the denomination of Rs 1,000 notes.The cash was stuffed in almirahs, which were broken open.Almost four of the seized notes were found to be fake, ED sources said.The agency also got hold of incriminating documents, laptops and mobile phones from the office.According to the ED’s official release, the dealer’s total cash collection in the last two years was found to be more than Rs 2,800 crore.Kapoor has another office at Ferozeshah Road and stays in Anand Lok, South Delhi. He has around 1,200 vaults on offer to customers to keep either cash or jewellery.An ED officer said the vault facility was being misused and a case under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act had been registered against the dealer.The sleuths are also monitoring two bank accounts in the UK and Dubai, as well as the involvement of foreign companies.advertisementThe hawala dealer was involved in the import and export of diamonds.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Nets withstand Brandon Ingram’s 40 points, hold off Pelicans

first_imgBrooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Brandon Ingram had the best game of his career. The New Orleans Pelicans had the best quarter in their history.Somehow, the Brooklyn Nets found a way to win on a night when the hits kept on coming.ADVERTISEMENT “We took a combination, a haymaker, however you want to call it, couple left hooks in the jaw in the third quarter, and I thought in the fourth quarter we did a better job and slowed them down a little,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.Kyrie Irving had 39 points and nine assists, and Brooklyn withstood Ingram’s career-high 40 points to beat the Pelicans 135-125 on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever? SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Nets had 67 points at halftime and a 20-point lead in the third quarter, but could never get comfortable until the final minute as Ingram kept coming at them.He shot 17 for 24 from the field in his first 40-point game and the Pelicans scored a franchise-record 48 points in the third quarter. They got within two in the fourth but could never get enough stops to catch the Nets. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Brooklyn later got consecutive jumpers by Irving and a dunk from Spencer Dinwiddie to close a 20-3 run and make it 63-44.Irving scored 18 points in the third but the Pelicans were a sizzling 8 for 11 from 3-point range and scored 48 points, trimming a 20-point deficit to 104-98 heading to the fourth.“We decided to play 20 minutes in a 48-minute game and that doesn’t work out. At least it hasn’t in the 31 years I’ve been in the NBA,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.TIP-INSPelicans: Their previous best was 47 points in a quarter, and their best third quarter was 41 points. … Ingram played just 13 minutes in his previous game against Oklahoma City on Saturday because of a head injury.Nets: DeAndre Jordan limped off early in the fourth quarter with a sprained left ankle after appearing to step on JJ Redick’s foot while running down the court. … Irving has scored at least 20 points in all seven games. The longest streak of 20-point games to open a season by a Nets player belongs to Richard Jefferson, who did it in eight straight in 2007-08.GUESTS IN TOWNFourth-ranked Duke practiced at the Nets’ training facility Monday ahead of its game Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden against No. 3 Kansas in the Champions Classic. No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Kentucky also meet in the marquee early season doubleheader. The Nets held training camp at Duke under former general manager Billy King, who played for the Blue Devils.OKAFOR’S OPPORTUNITYAtkinson said he was happy for Jahlil Okafor, now starting at center for New Orleans. The No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft spent part of a season with Brooklyn in 2017-18 after falling out of the rotation in Philadelphia. Rice industry paralysis MOST READ “I just felt like I was in rhythm. Still missed some layups. Still missed some 3s. I could have (done) better,” Ingram said.Caris LeVert added 23 points, Joe Harris had 19 and Jarrett Allen finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who follow this game with a five-game road trip, their longest of the season, with the first four in the West.“We obviously wanted to come out and win this game and really put a statement down for the rest of the week before we go on this long trip, so it was good,” Irving said.Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball each scored 15 points and Josh Hart had 14 for the Pelicans, who fell to 1-6.Brooklyn led by only two after Ingram’s three-point play with 4:58 remaining in the half, but the Nets scored 10 straight. Five of them came in one trip when Allen made two free throws after being flagrantly fouled by Ingram — he actually made the shot while being thrown to the ground, but the foul had been called on the floor — and Garrett Temple made a 3-pointer after Brooklyn retained possession.ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img Devin Booker scores 40 as Suns hand 76ers 1st loss Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “Ultimate professional. Wonderful spirit. Worked his tail off, so I’m really happy for him,” Atkinson said. “I think he fits with New Orleans and I think he’s a young player who’s starting to really get his footing in this league.”UP NEXTPelicans: Host the Toronto Raptors on Friday.Nets: Visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! 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Security breach during Ranji Trophy game at Airforce ground

first_img(Eds: Adding BCCI, Delhi Police and other inputs)New Delhi, Nov 3 (PTI) A man today drove his car onto the pitch during the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh at the Airforce ground in Palam, a major security breach which left both the players and officials dumbfounded.International players like Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma and Rishabh Pant were present on the ground when the incident took place and it could have snowballed into something even more serious amounting to physical danger.A picture has emerged of the incident where Gambhir, Ishant and Manan Sharma were seen standing with the car parked on the centre of the 22-yard strip.The BCCI will be seeking a report from their affiliated unit Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) about the incident.At around 4:40 pm, 20 minutes from close of play, a silver grey Wagon R suddenly drove onto the field of play with Uttar Pradesh batting in their second innings.The man, who identified himself as Girish Sharma, tried to swerve his car twice on the 22-yard strip before he was stopped.It was learnt that the main gate of the Airforce ground, which only allows entry of cars after proper checking remained open with the security not in his position.This allowed the man free access inside the complex and instead moving towards the designated parking lot, which is behind the main pavilion. He took a detour entering from the Palam B complex into the field of play and took couple of rounds of the pitch before trying to leave the ground.advertisementThe security personnel at the ground swung into action after this and closed the gate in order to stop the man from fleeing. He was stopped at the gate.He was then detained for questioning by the Delhi Police.BCCI acting president CK Khanna told PTI: “The BCCI will enquire into the incident. The relevant department will get in touch with the Services Sports Control Board as this is a matter of serious concern.”This is a breach of security measure at the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) ground. Imagine if the man had any sinister motive, then lives of international cricketers could have been in danger,” Khanna added.Delhi team manager Shankar Saini, who was present at the ground said: “Thank God, nothing untoward happened. There was a possibility that it could have been more serious.”The allegedly inebriated man was first detained by the Airforce Police before being handed over to the Delhi Police for interrogation.However, as per senior Delhi Police official, none of the involved parties lodged a formal complaint against the intruder.”No formal complaint has been lodged. Preliminary investigations suggest that the Airforce security guard was not present at the gate. We have detained the man identified as Girish for questioning. He is around 30 years old and claimed that he works in a private firm. He seemed mentally disturbed,” a senior Delhi Police official told PTI.A DDCA official present at the ground said: “The man looked a complete mess. He was driving the car wearing a lungi. In fact, when he was being bashed up for his act, he hardly reacted. He did not look in perfect mental health.”Although the match is being held at the Services home ground, the host of this particular match is Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA). The Services is only the facilitator as they are providing the ground for the game.The match was supposed to be held at Feroz Shah Kotla but with Indias T20 game against New Zealand being held on November 1, the match was shifted to the Airforce ground. PTI KHS SLB PM CM KHSlast_img read more

Durant Goes Down, Warriors Hold Off Rockets in Game 5

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors have won plenty of games on the postseason stage without their biggest stars.This time, Kevin Durant went down, and Klay Thompson and company found a way when the Warriors desperately needed it.Thompson scored 27 points, including a key layup with 4.1 seconds left, and Golden State overcame Durant’s calf injury to beat the Houston Rockets 104-99 on Wednesday night for a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.“Honestly it was a little deflating for a second,” Stephen Curry said, “and then we rallied.”Durant was scheduled for an MRI exam Thursday after he strained his right calf late in the third quarter. His status for Friday’s Game 6 had yet to be determined, but didn’t seem promising.“We’ll have to claw our way to one more win,” Curry said.Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry celebratesduring the second half of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Durant limped to the locker room after landing awkwardly following a baseline jumper. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.“They’ve been here so many times, have been through these battles for the last five years,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “They’ve got a lot of guts. They just pulled together and got it done. There’s no speech necessary. They knew what they had to do.”James Harden scored 31 points for the Rockets, who will try to stave off elimination back home in Houston.“It is a do-or-die but I feel good about it,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.But the Rockets wasted an opportunity in Game 5. After Durant departed, a couple more Golden State stars helped the Warriors close it out.Draymond Green received his fourth technical of the postseason with 3:39 left, and then knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end. Thompson followed Green’s 3 with one of his own to make it 97-89 with 2:33 remaining.“Two very key sequences in that game, two key shots for us,” Green said.Curry struggled with his shot yet again and finished with 25 points on 9-for-23 shooting. He went 3 of 11 from long range.Curry hit a 3 with 5:09 to play that made it 89-85. He didn’t even score his first points of the night until a 3 4:22 before halftime.Golden State nearly gave it away with an awful third quarter, when the Warriors managed just 15 points and committed six turnovers. The game was tied at 72 going into the final 12 minutes.Harden’s 3 with 3:07 left in the third trimmed Golden State’s lead to 66-62, and then Iman Shumpert made it a one-point game with a 3.Houston Rockets’ James Harden, second from left, drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, left, Kevon Looney, and Kevin Durant, right fribtm during the first half of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Eric Gordon’s layup with 40.6 seconds remaining gave the Rockets their first lead since the early minutes.Green had eight points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in another spectacular effort on both ends. He supplied the energy for Golden State after two losses at Houston evened the series.The Warriors led by as many as 20 but missed open looks and even layups, clanking shots off the front rim and allowing the tough-minded Rockets to stay close.Then, they heeded Kerr’s simple message: “Poise and awareness and poise and patience applies to all of life and not just offense,” the coach said beforehand.The Warriors pulled it off without Durant, whose 35.4 playoff scoring average was best in the NBA coming into the game.“That looked like it was way worse than a calf strain,” Green said. “I think we did a great job of fighting through that.”Harden shot 10 for 16 and dished out eight assists. The reigning MVP injured his eyes during the first quarter of Game 2 last Tuesday on a hit by Green as they fought for a rebound. Harden’s left eye was still red leading into Game 5.The Warriors’ win guarantees their loyal fans in the East Bay at least one more home game at Oracle Arena before the team moves to new Chase Center in San Francisco for next season.“Tough loss. We had opportunities,” Houston’s Chris Paul said. “Rebounding, we actually was right there in the rebounds. We’ve got to be better, offensively, defensively, especially myself, turnovers. We didn’t get stops when we needed to.”CRASHING THE BOARDSThe Warriors led the rebounding battle 27-18 after the first half, grabbing eight on the offensive glass, and finished with a 42-39 advantage.Houston’s PJ Tucker, who had 22 rebounds the previous two games, grabbed 10 more to go with 13 points.The Rockets outrebounded the Warriors 55-35 in their Game 3 win, and then 50-43 on Monday in Game 4 — getting 20 from Clint Capela in the two victories. Capela had 14 on Wednesday.Golden State held an edge on the boards in both Games 1 and 2.TIP-INSRockets: Eric Gordon started 0 for 8 before hitting a 3 with 7:45 left in the third. … F Danuel House sat out again after missing the previous two games with an inflamed right big toe.Warriors: Green’s eight assists in the first were one off team record for a playoff quarter. Tim Hardaway once had nine in 1991. … Reserve G Shaun Livingston played after he had been questionable with a sore left hip. … Injured C DeMarcus Cousins, who could return at some point this postseason from a torn left quadriceps muscle, did some rehab agility work on the court.By: Janie McCauley, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Who’s laughing now? Zaza a joke no more!

first_imgSweden v Italy Who’s laughing now? Penalty fool Simone Zaza is in better form than Ronaldo Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 2 years ago 19:00 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(18) Simone Zaza Cristiano Ronaldo Split Getty/Goal Sweden v Italy Primera División Sweden Italy Valencia WC Qualification Europe Opinion The striker was ridiculed over his spot-kick at Euro 2016 and a dire spell at West Ham but he is back in Italy squad due to his fine form at Valencia Euro 2016 made Simone Zaza famous. Just for all the wrong reasons. The Italy striker’s penalty attempt in the shootout loss to Germany made him laughing stock – not because he missed, but because of the way he missed.Zaza took a bizarre series of short, staccato steps before blazing the ball over the bar. Within a matter of minutes of the conclusion of the quarter-final, he was being ridiculed worldwide, the subject of a million memes.Italy 11/8 to beat Sweden Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Heat maps were mocked up showing his short but significant contribution to the game ; a video of Stefan Freund imitating him on German television went viral; there were vines calling for him to be hired for ‘The Ministry of Silly Walks’ – essentially, ‘The Zaza Dance’ had quickly become a social media phenomenon.Zaza couldn’t see the funny side, at least not then. However, he somehow summoned up the courage to face the cameras upon the squad’s return to Italy.”I missed the most important penalty of my career and it will be with me for the rest of my life,” an emotional Zaza told Mediaset after arriving at Milan’s Malpensa airport. “I’m sorry to have disappointed the Italian people.”I have always taken my penalties like that and was convinced I would score. I did send Manuel Neuer the wrong way, but unfortunately the ball went too high. “It will be difficult, but I want to get over it.”Simone Zaza Italy Euro 2016Simone Zaza Italy Euro 2016Simone Zaza Penalty PSLeaving Italy seemed a good way to start. Before the summer was over, he had departed for England to join West Ham United on loan for €5 million.When it became clear that Juventus were willing to sell a reserve striker that had served them well since joining from Sassuolo the year before, the Hammers had been the club that had pursued him most enthusiastically.Given that he also felt his physical, hard-running style would work well in the Premier League, Zaza was confident that he could thrive in London.However, he never settled. “I didn’t feel great in so many ways: environment, culture, training, nutrition,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport .“I was not good physically. I had been through pre-season with Juventus so I was okay.“When I got there [West Ham] I found a different method of training – you exercise less, sometimes the sessions last 40 minutes and almost immediately I didn’t feel good.“I need to train more, for someone to kick my ass. The problem is that on Sunday other people went to a thousand per cent. Not me.“I wanted to do things that come naturally when I’m playing well and I could not do them. And I became crazy.”Simone Zaza Juventus SassuoloSimone Zaza Alvaro Morata JuventusSimone Zaza West HamHis unhappiness manifested itself in a series of ineffective performances. He had never been a prolific attacker but Zaza didn’t net once in 11 appearances in all competitions and it was at that point that the Hammers decided to cut their losses on the misfiring forward.The deal with Juve would have become permanent had Zaza continued playing, so, to avoid having to pay a further €20m for the 26-year-old, West Ham benched him until the transfer market reopened in January.To the Londoners’ relief – and surprise – Valencia entered the fray. Cesare Prandelli was key. The former Italy coach was willing to take a chance on a compatriot who had impressed him at Sassuolo and Juve, and Zaza joined Los Che on loan for €2m, with a further €16m to follow if he played a set number of games before season’s end.The deal was made permanent on April 10, the day after he had netted a double against Granada. They were Zaza’s third and fourth goals for Valencia but, in truth, it was his second strike, in a 2-1 win over Real Madrid on February 22, that represented the turning point of his career.”Naturally when you score against a big team, people talk about it, but the truth is that goal against Real Madrid last year was a rebirth for me,” he told Marca .”I had scored three days earlier with Athletic, but was irritable and didn’t enjoy it, so the Real Madrid goal really did feel like I was being reborn. It was very important to me.”Indeed, Zaza felt like his old self again. He was even able to start joking about his penalty miss again, even if still hurt.Simone Zaza ValenciaLa Liga Top Scorers PS“It traumatised me no end and if I was to think about it for another five minutes, it would bother me,” he admitted to the Gazzetta dello Sport .”After the Euros, I wasn’t well. That summer, I lost weight. But the thing that hurt me most wasn’t all the videos, or the Zaza Dance – I laugh about it now.”No, what hurt me was the mistaken image people had of me because of the penalty, the perception that I was arrogant or presumptuous.”The good thing about perceptions, though, is that they can change and, right now, Zaza is rightly viewed as a strong character – and a striker reborn.His record haul in top-flight football over a single league campaign is 11 goals (for Sassuolo, in 2014-15), yet has scored nine times in just 11 La Liga games so far this season. To put that in context, Cristiano Ronaldo has netted just once in seven games and only Lionel Messi presently sits above Zaza in the goalscorers’ charts.His fine form has deservedly prompted an Italy recall. A year on from the darkest moment of his career, Simone Zaza has a smile on his face again.last_img read more

Meet Salomon Thiombiano, One of the Most Stylish Men in the World

first_img 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider For this week’s Worn Out Wednesday, we speak with Salomon Thiombiano about his career and personal style:It all started during my early childhood. I was this kid, full of genuine ideas. My closest friends did not seem to share the same excitement as I did when I used to tell them about my projects. At fourteen years old, I had no money nor resources and little did I know about the real world. I was born in Burkina Faso (West Africa), where education is the only priority, leaving very little (if not non-existent) opportunities for creatives individuals.Back then, I already knew I wanted to create something that would resonate with people’s lives. I started DJing at local venues. Nothing could make me more content than seeing all of these wonderful folks cheering up and dancing to my playlist.I migrated to Paris right after high school. In my spare time, I would go from thrift store to shopping mall, looking for clothes I could easily take apart and rebuild to give them a more modern, classic or unique look. During my time in Paris, I felt the need to be immersed into Classic Art and Haute Couture. I used to spend countless hours trying on new patterns and color combinations. With all the knowledge and experience I had acquired, I decided it was time to embark on a new journey.In 2012, I moved to Washington D.C. After modeling for a few years and establishing a network in the fashion industry, I decided to create Duc DuBois. With the support of talented photographers Socrates Jean, Alessandro Michelazzi and highly reputable designers from Italy and New York, I was able to create content that revolves around my daily style. Thus, I became a source of inspiration for the modern gentlemen. For me, style is about reinventing yourself in a more appealing manner. I am currently collaborating with innovative brands such as Desertika hailing from Italy, demarking themselves from the industry by incorporating carbon fiber, titanium, high-end leather, and nylon in their two newest luxury collections called Orobianco, and TecknoMonster for Lamborghini. Their bags, suitcases and amazing tote bags are lighter and stronger and very ergonomic. I like to refer to them as zero gravity.A few months ago, my business partner Omer Agan and I launched our Bespoke Suit line Dominiforte in the spirit of revolutionizing the tailoring world in the U.S. Each suit is crafted uniquely down to the detail and is inspired by French classics & British elegance.As for my personal style:Jeans: Joe’s JeansShirts: BugatchiPants: ReissSuits: DominiforteShoes: FABIAccessories: Goorin BrosOuterwear: SuitSupply Favorite cologne: Tom Ford Oud WoodFavorite app: InstagramFavorite piece of technology: HP Spectre Next style/gear purchase: Phantom 4 Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Editors’ Recommendations A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip last_img read more

Labour Legislation Introduced

first_imgThe health, safety and well-being of the public will be better protected and workers’ rights safeguarded by preserving the collective bargaining with legislation introduced today, Nov. 23. “Nova Scotians deserve to know that when they go into a hospital, or when they’re in a long-term care facility, or when they’re waiting for a paramedic, that their safety is not going to be put in jeopardy by a lockout or the threat of a strike or a strike,” said Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. “We also believe strongly in workers’ rights. That’s why we have introduced legislation that preserves free, fair and impartial collective bargaining.” The processes for collective bargaining in legislation will not change. It is only when the parties reach an impasse that they move to a binding mediation or interest-arbitration process to resolve outstanding issues. The dispute-resolution options will help the parties reach a resolution without a work stoppage. “It is important that unions and employers be able to continue collective bargaining, independent of government,” said Mr. Parent. Mediators and arbitrators, who will oversee the dispute-resolution options, are neutral third parties selected by the union and employer to help reach a settlement, if they are unable to agree. Mediators and arbitrators are independent of government. “These dispute-resolution options are fair and impartial. They will settle disputes and ensure uninterrupted access in the health care and community services sectors for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Parent. The legislation is being introduced after a consultation process and examination of best practices from across Canada. “Now is the time to develop fair and balanced labour legislation, when there is not a lockout or strike or the threat of a strike,” said Mr. Parent. “We have done our research, we have consulted with Nova Scotians, and today we are introducing the fairest labour legislation in the country.” For more information on the proposed amendments to the Trade Union Act, visit .last_img read more

Akshays Kesari heads to Japan

first_imgMumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar’s Kesari, which brings the story of the historic Battle of Saragarhi alive on the silver screen, will release in Japan in August. Akshay took to Twitter to share the update. “Kesari, a film based on one of the bravest battles ever fought: 21 courageous soldiers against 10,000 invaders, is set to conquer Japan on August 16, 2019,” he posted on June 24. The movie, backed by Dharma Productions, depicts the bravery of 21 Sikhs of the 36th Sikh Regiment (now the 4th Battalion of Sikh Regiment) of British India defending an Army post against more than 10,000 Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen. The movie, directed by Anurag Singh, also stars Parineeti Chopra. Zee Studios International took the film to 55 territories across the world and is now gearing up to showcase the film in Japan.last_img read more

Hong Kong protesters rally at airport to educate visitors

first_imgHong Kong: Hundreds of Hong Kongers, including flight attendants, held a rally in the airport’s arrival hall on Friday to “educate” visitors about the demonstrations currently gripping the international finance hub as it braces for another weekend of protests. The cavernous hall is usually filled with excited friends and relatives waiting to greet loved ones as they make their way out of one of the world’s busiest airports. But on Friday visitors were greeted by a sea of black-clad protesters chanting anti-government slogans, holding banners and handing out flyers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe rally is the latest bid to keep pressure on Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leaders after seven weeks of largely peaceful mass demonstrations followed by violent clashes, an unprecedented challenge to Beijing’s authority since the city’s 1997 handover. The protests were triggered by a controversial bill which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but they have evolved into a call for wider democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOrganisers billed the airport rally as an opportunity to brief arrivals on the political unrest, particularly visitors from mainland China where the state-controlled news has portrayed the protests as a violent, foreign-funded plot to destabilise the motherland. The demonstration was peaceful and good-humoured, and there were no reports of any disruption to flights. One particularly creative group were using a television to display a satirical version of an airline safety announcement video that details the movement’s demands and warns of protests in the city. “Kindly put on your masks and black t-shirts… when attending the assemblies,” the video said, in reference to the colour widely adopted by anti-government protesters. Others held “Tourist Warning” signs detailing how police have fired tear gas at protesters and how pro-government thugs attacked demonstrators last Sunday, putting 45 in hospital. Meryl Yeung, a 29-year-old flight attendant, had just got off a plane and joined the protest. “It’s important to come to the airport and tell foreigners what’s happening in Hong Kong,” she told AFP, saying it was especially vital to make sure people in China are made aware of the protests. “They have no idea at all, they only get information from one side, they think everyone… coming to a protest, to a rally, are all rioters, or promoting Hong Kong independence,” she said. Yoko Tsang, 29, said the more she travelled around the world as a flight attendant, the more she has come to cherish Hong Kong’s freedoms, which she feels are increasingly under attack. “No matter where we go, Hong Kong is always our home and our roots,” she said. “Whether it’s before or after work, we have to fight for time to show our support in rallies.” Cathay Pacific’s Flight Attendants Union said it supported the rally and encouraged members to join, a stance that earned it a rebuke in China’s state media. “We feel deep regret with the incapability of our (chief executive) Carrie Lam and her team that only play tricks to fool its people,” the union said in a message on Facebook, referring to the city’s unelected leader. More than five hours after the protest began it was still going, a huge crowd of people chanting “Free Hong Kong!” at arrivals. Tourists had a variety of reactions to the display from baffled and bemused to supportive. “I feel like I’m back home now because in Chile we have similar issues with the police,” Margarita Duco, a 24-year-old traveller who was in Hong Kong on a layover told AFP. “The excessive use of violence when there are peaceful manifestations, it’s very common in my country so I can relate with what they are going through,” she added. Multiple Chinese mainland visitors approached by AFP declined to comment. Hong Kong is bracing itself for another weekend of rallies and possible clashes. Police have banned a planned Saturday protest against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators in the rural town of Yuen Long near China’s border. But messaging channels and forums used by activists suggest people plan to rally there regardless. Another rally on Sunday will end close to China’s Liaison Office, which was pelted with eggs last weekend before police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters hurling projectiles.last_img read more

Spence and Robinson end fasts call on Canadians to fix years of

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOttawa – The fast may be over, but the fight continues.That was the message delivered Thursday as Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and Elder Raymond Robinson officially ended their weeks-old fast.“It does not end because the hunger strike ends. The fight continues. We have mobilized a nation,” said Spence spokesman Danny Metatawabin at a press conference Thursday. “You, Canadians, we want our rightful place as well…We will stand up. We will persevere. We want to be acknowledged.”Spence couldn’t attend the press conference but Robinson was there, as well as Liberal leader Bob Rae, NDP MP Romeo Saganash and Saskatchewan Assembly of First Nations regional chief Perry Bellegarde.Metatawabin said Spence was bedridden under doctors’ orders. She went to the hospital Wednesday and was put on an IV. She may be released later Thursday or Friday.Robinson, from Cross Lake, Man., said he also attended the hospital but when he was being seen a by a nurse he said she questioned why he was there, how he got there and had no clue Robinson had been on a fast for 43 days. Robinson said he felt the nurse was almost racist and walked out without being assessed.He said his fast, next to Spence’s side, was a rollercoaster ride for him and his family.“It is with mixed emotions, a lot of stress, joy, jubilation that I make the statement today that the journey of my hunger strike ends,” said Robinson before taking questions from media. “It’s a rollercoaster ride for my sake, my family’s sake…for the journey I took upon myself to try and get some kind of word out to general population in respect to the way my people have been treated over the course of these generations.”Robinson said it’s amazing in this day and age that First Nation people still struggle to control what’s theirs – land, water and resources – while the federal government tries to take control of it all.He said when Europeans first arrived they survived because of Indigenous peoples.“We nurtered you guys and gave you our medicine. You guys would have died without our medicine, without us teaching you how to live and survive in this country,” he said. “We forged a relationship with you guys hoping that you would be our partners in everything – 50/50. You smoked our Pipe to symbolize the relationship we wanted to forge with you.”But it didn’t work that way.Through time the non-Aboriginal society thought they could take everything from the First Peoples said Robinson.That includes their children and Indian Residential Schools.“I’m an Indian Residential School survivor. I went to three Residential Schools,” he said. “The government of Canada tried to take my identity away from me, my life, my language, my being a First Nation person to try assimilate me into a foreign culture I don’t know about.”This rooted his 43-day fast that began a day after Spence began hers on Dec. 11. They survived on tea and fish broth.But there was more to the fast.“To tell the world, to tell Canada that enough is enough,” said Robinson. “Can’t you just leave us alone, can’t we just be ordinary people in this land, can we have the same opportunities you guys live in a daily basis…can I be received as a human being in my own land.”He said Bill C-38 gives the government power to do what they wish in First Nation territories. Bill C-45 takes control of their resources he said.To make changes such as Robinson is saying the government is to consult with First Nations as per the Constitution Rae reminded reporters in the gallery.That was the main reason behind the Idle No More movement that now includes hundred of years of oppression.“This is your fight too. These acts, these bills will kill us all,” said Robinson. “Fight with us and make sure these bills don’t go anywhere.”Bill C-45 became law just before Christmas.APTN National News reported early Wednesday morning that Spence had already decided to end the fast but news of the end came much later in the day.Spence and Robinson officially agreed to end their fast based on a 13-point plan endorsed by the Assembly of First Nations, the Native Women’s Society of Canada, the NDP and Liberal caucuses. The plan calls for such things as proper funding for education, respecting treaty rights and consulting First Nations on changes to their lives.Spence, however, was facing pressure from her own band council to end the fast and a delegation from Attawapiskat was to leave for Ottawa Wednesday to hand-deliver a letter urging her to quit the protest or face removal as chief.Her health was also starting to fail and she had been considering a way to end the protest on a high note after realizing she would not be able to obtain her goal of forcing a meeting between the prime minister, the governor general and First Nations leaders.Spence’s teepee on Victoria Island became a type of pilgrimage destination for many First Nations people across Canada who came to visit her, offer her gifts and blessings.“We end our hunger strikes with signed commitments from elected First Nations leaders and opposition parties to urgently carry forward our action plan which ensure that our treaty rights are recognized, honoured and fully implemented,” said Spence in a released statement. “Indigenous peoples have lived well below the poverty line in a country that is considered one of the wealthiest in the world. We are no longer idle and precedence has been established over this past six weeks. There’s no going back, our voices have been heard and now I ask for your involvement to move our agenda forward.”The opposition leaders said they will use the 13-point declaration as a “blue print” going forward to push Prime Minister Stephen Harper on First Nation issues.“I view this document as a blueprint for the future in our relations with First Nations in this country and what the NDP is saying, essentially, is we are endorsing this document because we want to accompany you on this road, on this journey to a better future, for a better tomorrow for your communities,” said Saganash.Rae said the document is also a sign of political will.“I think you have to see the document as an expression of political will on our part, and on the part of the AFN, and on part of the (NDP), and on part of a lot of other people on behalf of lot of other Canadians. I think there are a lot of Canadians who want us to move forward,” he said. “Is it something that the Conservatives are going to sign on to tomorrow? Some of it they might, some of it they might not. I think there is a process of public persuasion that needs to go on. I accept that.”That begins with education said Metatawabin.“We need to educate the Canadian people of who we are. I hold this feather in honour because it recognizes a symbol, a closeness I have with the Creator, but you, the average Canadian, probably just think it’s a feather,” he said. “This is who we are. We are spiritual people. It goes back to the treaties. There is a spiritual intent and we have to bridge that gap.” read more

Libya UN envoy visits Tripoli for talks with senior Government officials

The top United Nations envoy to Libya made a one-day visit today to the capital, Tripoli, and met top Government officials as part of the world body’s ongoing diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis and end the fighting in the North African country.Abdul Elah al-Khatib, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Libya, met with the Foreign Minister, the Prime Minister, the Secretary-General of the Libyan Public Congress and the pro-Qadhafi tribal forum.“Their discussions focused on the need to fully implement Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973, to allow full humanitarian access, and to establish a ceasefire and political process,” according to information released by a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.“The Special Envoy’s interlocutors said they were open and ready to fully engage and to cooperate with his efforts.”Mr. Ban also spoke by telephone today with the Prime Minister, Al Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi, about resolving the crisis.Libya has been engulfed by fighting since a pro-democracy movement opposed to the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi emerged in February following similar protests in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries across North Africa and the Middle East.Hundreds of people have been killed in the fighting and hundreds of thousands of others have been internally displaced or forced to flee to neighbouring countries.UN officials have warned of a humanitarian crisis in many towns and cities where the fighting has been heaviest. 15 May 2011The top United Nations envoy to Libya made a one-day visit today to the capital, Tripoli, and met top Government officials as part of the world body’s ongoing diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis and end the fighting in the North African country. read more

Air Canada launches regional service in WestJets backyard with Bombardier Q400s

Air Canada launches regional service in WestJet’s backyard with Bombardier Q400s AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2013 4:53 pm MDT MONTREAL – Air Canada launched its regional service in rival WestJet’s backyard on Friday with the introduction of Bombardier Q400 turboprops.The Montreal-based carrier said the first flights connected Calgary to Fort McMurray, Alta., Regina and Saskatoon. Nine additional routes will be added over the coming months.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) also said it plans to increase capacity on key routes in the spring and summer by using larger aircraft, adding flights to “meet strong demand” and roll out additional turboprops to routes in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories, stated Marcel Forget, the airline’s vice-president of network planning.Capacity will be added to 18 routes involving Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, with some routes seeing a doubling in available seats. Capacity will also grow 24 per cent starting in May between Toronto and Fort McMurray.The 76-seat Q400 planes will be operated by Jazz Aviation (TSX:CHR) under the Air Canada Express brand and replace 50-seat CRJ100/200 jets.Calgary-based WestJet (TSX:WJA) was slated to announce in January its own regional service plans using the Q400 turboprops but that has been delayed until sometime in February.The company reports its quarterly results Feb. 6.WestJet Encore will initially service either eastern or western routes starting in the second half of 2013, followed nine months later by the other half of the country. It expects to add up to 45 Q400s over five years.WestJet president Gregg Saretsky has said the service will reduce airfares on regional routes by about half of the full fare.Air Canada has vowed to respond to lower fares promised by WestJet with its new regional service.Meanwhile, the airline’s low-cost carrier has begun hiring the first 150 flight attendants based in Toronto for the July 1 launch of service to Europe and the Caribbean.Air Canada Rouge will begin operations with two Boeing 767-300ER and two Airbus A319 aircraft that will be released from Air Canada’s mainline fleet. Additional planes will be added as Air Canada starts to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in 2014, ramping up to 50 planes.Timing of the Boeing 787 deliveries have been questioned because of a suspected battery problem that has grounded the worldwide fleet.The discount airline will start with flights from Toronto to Venice, Italy and Edinburgh, Scotland — two destinations that currently aren’t served by Air Canada, and will serve Athens, Greece from Toronto and Montreal.Air Canada’s existing flights to Cuba, the Dominican Republican, Jamaica and Costa Rica will be flown by the discount carrier from Toronto.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Air Canada’s shares gained three cents to close at $2.47 in Friday trading, while WestJet was up 74 cents or 3.46 per cent, to $22.10. read more

Volkswagen recalls 136000 autos for antilock brake fix

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling nearly 136,000 Audi and Volkswagen autos to fix potential problems with their antilock brake systems.The recall covers 135,683 vehicles, including certain 2009-10 Volkswagen Jetta A5 sedans, 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, Eos, GTI, Rabbit and Audi A3 vehicles and 2010 Volkswagen Golf A6 vehicles. In them, the control unit for the antilock brake system may fail when the system or the auto’s electronic stability control are activated.Volkswagen will notify owners, and repairs will be made free of charge.The automaker traced the problem to the use of an incorrect solder compound, which may cause cracks that prevent sufficient electrical power to flow. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2017 11:22 am MDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2017 at 1:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Volkswagen recalls 136,000 autos for antilock brake fix FILE – In this Sept. 26, 2015 file photo a giant logo of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen is pictured on top of a company’s factory building in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen will announce its future strategy which might include job cuts in a press conference on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file) read more

3 talking points ahead of Saturdays Round 4A football qualifiers

first_img1. Cork’s moment of redemptionCork’s footballers have come in for some stinging criticism since their double-scores defeat against Kerry in the Munster final earlier this month. Some of it was so vitriolic that GPA felt the need to step in, condemning it as “beneath contempt” in a statement.None of it needed to be said because nobody was more disappointed than Brian Cuthbert and the players. This evening, they have a golden opportunity to redeem themselves and show that they are worthy contenders for the All-Ireland.Sligo have gotten back on track with wins against Wicklow and Limerick already this month but the bookies have the measure of this contest. They make Cork red-hot 1/20 favourites and have set the spread at eight points.Sligo would need a serious upset to progress to the quarter-finals but that will add to the pressure on Cork too. After falling so far short against Kerry, only a convincing win will do to steady the ship.2. Wasteful Galway need to sharpen upGalway were second best against Mayo in the Connacht final but after looking back at the tape, Alan Mullholland’s side will find a few positives in the seven-point defeat.The three goals they conceded aside, they will take heart from the amount of chances they created going forward. The flipside is that they were very wasteful — they shot 12 wides, hit the woodwork three times, and saw Shane Walsh’s penalty saved by Rob Hennelly.Still, they matched Mayo in the second half (2-5 to 0-11) and continued to battle even as the game fizzled out. They will need that same determination, along with some sharper shooting, to get past Tipp.3. Can Tipp keep putting up big numbers?Peter Creedon’s Premier men have arguably been the outstanding team of the qualifiers so far.They walloped Longford by 2-17 to 0-6 at the start of the month and then put up a massive 3-17 against Laois in Round 3A. Conor Sweeney has been in impressive form too, notching 2-10 across those two games.Add in their narrow miss against Cork in the Munster semi-finals and you get a fairly good picture of this group’s potential.Padraic Joyce called this evening’s clash with Galway as a 50-50 toss-up on RTÉ Radio yesterday and it’s hard to disagree. If Tipp can keep putting up the big numbers, and tighten up the defence that leaked four goals against Laois, they should edge it.This article was originally published at 7.30 and then updated at 13.30.Cork chief Cuthbert vows to review dual player situation at end of the seasonlast_img read more

HTC Titan III prochaine référence des Windows Phone 8

first_imgHTC Titan III : prochaine référence des Windows Phone 8 ?Suite à un sondage Xbox Live Rewards, Microsoft a peut-être, bien malgré lui, vendu la mèche sur celui qui pourrait devenir le prochain porte-étendard des Windows Phone. Cité dans le questionnaire, son nom n’est pourtant pas encore référencé, mais il se pourrait bien qu’il s’agisse de l’ex-HTC Zenith, annoncé aux mois de juin et septembre…HTC Zenith…HTC Titan III…Deux noms pour peut-être un seul et même smartphone. Point de départ de cette rumeur, un simple vote, sur internet, à travers la rubrique des Xbox Live Rewards…Et à cette question : “À quel point seriez-vous excité de recevoir l’un de ces téléphones ?”, le choix proposé n’a pas manqué d’en étonner plus d’un ! En effet, les propositions désignaient alors l’Apple iPhone 5, le Motorola Droid Razer Maxx HD, le Nokia Lumia 920, le Samsung Galaxy S3 et…Le HTC Titan III, un smartphone pas encore vendu, ni annoncé !À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais, Microsoft oblige, il pourrait être donc un troisième modèle fonctionnant avec Windows Phone 8 (après le 8x et le 8s), et pourquoi pas un modèle censé être disponible, mais dont la sortie a été retardé par le constructeur, comme le Zenith ? C’est le cheminement effectué par le site Cnet qui n’hésite pas à rapprocher les deux modèles qui ne serait en fait, qu’un seul.Aux dernières informations, le HTC Zenith supporterait le mode Dual Carrier à 42 Mbit/s, disposerait d’un écran Super LCD 2 avec une diagonale de 4,7 pouces, un processeur central quad Core, une puce NFC et un module APN de 8 Mpixels.Hasard ou coïncidence, le HTC Titan II (notre photo) avait été présenté au CES de Las Vegas, qui avait eu lieu en janvier 2012. Présenter le Titan III, un an après, au même salon, en tant que nouveau représentant des Windows Phone, pourrait être logique.Le 4 décembre 2012 à 15:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

36 do not feel they are paid appropriately

first_imgMore than a third (36%) of respondents believe they are not paid appropriately, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).Its UK working lives: the CIPD job quality index survey report 2018, which surveyed 350,000 employees, also found that 70% of respondents receive an employer pension contribution of 6% or less, 18% receive between 7% and 10% and 12% receive an employer pension contribution of 11% or more.The research also found:44% of respondents believe that work positively impacts their mental health.39% of female respondents feel they are underpaid, compared to 33% of male respondents.53% of respondents who earn less than the full national living wage of £7.50 an hour feel they are not paid appropriately, compared to 12% of respondents who are paid three times the real living wage of £30.60 an hour for London-based employees and £26.25 an hour for employees working across the UK.72% of respondents are saving for a pension through their employer.50% of respondents who work in the public sector receive an employer pension contribution of 7% or more, compared to 24% of respondents who work in the private sector and 35% who work in the voluntary sector.48% of respondents have access to social employee benefits, such as Christmas and summer parties, 45% are able to take enhanced leave such as paid bereavement leave or emergency eldercare support.38% of respondents are provided with free or subsided food or drink as an employee benefit and 35% are offered healthcare and insurance benefits, flu jabs, dental or health insurance.30% of respondents can access transport benefits as part of their employee benefits package, such as free or subsidised on-site car parking, travel season ticket loans or a company car.24% of respondents receive wellbeing benefits, such as subsidised gym membership, massages or exercise classes and 22% can use technology benefits, for example a mobile phone for personal use or a home computer.28% of respondents have used enhanced leave benefits in the last 12 months, compared to 2% who have used financial assistance benefits.29% of respondents have experienced work-related musculoskeletal conditions in the last year and 22% have experienced anxiety or depression where work was a contributing factor.42% of respondents have access to flexi-time arrangements, 40% can work from home using normal working hours, 34% can reduce their working hours and 25% have the option to work compressed hours.56% of respondents are able to communicate to their employer via one-to-one meetings with their line manager, 47% attend team meetings and 37% give feedback through an employee survey.Peter Cheese (pictured), chief executive officer at the CIPD, said: “The government has been clear that it wants to improve job quality in the UK, but in order to create quality jobs you have to be able to know one when you see one. We have a record number of people in work, but we have to make sure that we have quality as well as quantity, and that means making sure every job is a good job. That is why we have undertaken the first comprehensive measure to help understand and clearly map job quality in the UK.“Headline job satisfaction is reasonably strong, and that is to be welcomed. However, it is clearly lacking for many people, and that headline masks some serious structural issues in the UK labour market.“Those in management positions are often overworked, which can not only lead to stress and poor mental health, but also means they are not able to manage their teams to the best of their ability. Stress in the workplace passes down, and combined with the concerning lack of training and development opportunities for those in low-skilled work, is a heady mix which needs to be better understood and addressed to enable better productivity and wellbeing across all organisations.“With employment levels high, challenges remain around productivity, and so organisations have to prioritise working smarter, not just harder. We need to ensure that we’re designing our jobs flexibly and in ways that best utilise the skills of the workforce, implementing positive health and wellbeing strategies, and tackling workplace cultures of stress and giving voice and support to our people. Alongside that, we need to give those looking to develop their skills the ability to do so, through workplace learning and wider investment in skills development to make sure we’re making the most of all the talent that people have.”last_img read more

Qualcomm and Apple kick off latest patent case

first_imgQualcomm, based in San Diego, California, is one of the world’s biggest mobile chipmakers.  Shara Tibken/CNET Apple and Qualcomm kicked off the latest chapter in a long-running legal battle over patents and licensing agreements in the chipmaker’s hometown of San Diego, California, on Monday.Qualcomm, which supplies chips and modems for much of the mobile phone industry, says Apple infringed on three of its patents in some versions of the popular iPhone. The chipmaker wants up to $1.41 per iPhone that infringed on its intellectual property sold during a certain period between 2017 and 2018. The exact figure was not disclosed, though it’s estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars or more. That sum would be a drop in the bucket for Apple — which briefly became a $1 trillion company last year — but a victory for Qualcomm would help to brandish its reputation as a mobile components innovator. “Qualcomm, although it doesn’t make a smartphone — it doesn’t have a product that you and I would buy — it develops a lot of technology in smartphones,” David Nelson, the lead attorney representing Qualcomm, said in an opening statement on Monday. The trial concerns three patents that Qualcomm claims Apple infringed on. One patent allows a smartphone to quickly connect to the internet once the device is turned on. Another deals with graphics processing and battery life. The third lets apps on your phone download data more easily by directing traffic between the apps processor and the modem. 2:13 Apple vs. Qualcomm: Court battles explained See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple During opening remarks, both sides zoomed in on the patent that focuses on boot-up technology when the phone is turned on. Nelson said the technology in the patent was “foundational” to the company’s work, long before it was registered. Apple claims Qualcomm stole the idea for that innovation from then-Apple engineer Arjuna Siva, who the company said discussed the idea with Qualcomm engineers in an email.”This one is truly the most outrageous allegation in the case,” Juanita Brooks, lead counsel for Apple, said of the infringement claim in opening statements. “They took the idea from us and ran down to the patent office.”A long battleThe courtroom clash between Apple and Qualcomm is part of a wide-ranging legal saga. Two years ago, the Federal Trade Commission, aided by heavyweights including Apple and Intel, accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in modem chips. The agency argued Qualcomm’s high royalty rates stopped competitors from entering the market, which has driven up the cost of phones and hurt consumers. That trial took place in January, and the parties are currently waiting for a decision from US District Judge Lucy Koh. The San Diego trial, presided over by US District Judge Dana Sabraw, is more technical than the other fronts of the legal battle. But it could have implications on how your phone is made and how much it costs. The trial also sets the stage for an April meeting between the two companies over licensing deals. The two companies have been arguing over royalties Apple paid Qualcomm for licensing the chipmaker’s technology. Apple paid $7.50 per iPhone, but Apple COO Jeff Williams testified in January that the price should have been a fifth of that price.The iPhone was first introduced in 2007, but the company didn’t start using Qualcomm chips for network connectivity until 2011. In 2016, the company started using Intel modems in some models of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Now, Apple has opted for Intel’s modems over Qualcomm’s in all its latest phones. ‘Eureka’ and ‘Maverick’After opening statements on Monday, Qualcomm’s first witness was James Thompson, the company’s chief technologist. He described Qualcomm’s relationship with Apple. He said the company typically began working on modems for an iPhone about four years before the phone would be released. “We defined the cellular component of that product,” he said. He also said both companies had nicknames for each other. Apple called Qualcomm “Eureka,” and Qualcomm called Apple “Maverick.”A verdict in the San Diego trial, which will be decided by a jury of eight people, is expected in mid-March.  Originally published at 1:45 p.m. PT.Update, 3:26 p.m. PT: Adds more detail from opening statements; and 4:25 p.m. PT: Adds more detail. reading • Qualcomm and Apple kick off latest patent case Tech Industry 0 Share your voice Post a comment Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Qualcomm Apple Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Gold Imports to Rise Premiums may Double Ahead of Diwali

first_imgAccording to bullion traders, India’s monthly gold imports are set to rise by as much as 50% from the current levels and premiums could also double ahead of this festive season next month. Additionally, gold sales are expected to rise by 15 to 20%.Currently, gold is being sold for around ₹27,000 per ten gram. It is expected that Indian gold buyers would help support global bullion prices which had dipped to eight-and-a-half month low of ₹1,216.01 (₹74,072) per 30 grams amid worries of hike in US interest rates. The festive demands are expected to push local gold prices. Prithiviraj Kothari, vice-president of the India Bullion & Jewellers’ Association expects the gold price to touch ₹28,500 per ten gram ahead of Hindu festivals like Dhanteras and Diwali.”Gold imports are expected to rise to about 70-75 tonnes per month in the coming months as against a monthly average of 50-60 tonnes,” Reuters quoted Prithviraj Kothari, vice-president of the India Bullion & Jewellers’ Association.After and during the Indian festive season, Indian gold premiums to the global benchmark are also expected to surge by ₹731 to ₹912 for 30 grams, from the current rate of ₹426 to ₹609 an ounce.Gold reached its highest at ₹35,074 per ten gram in August 2013, but then onwards the bullion prices have slipped steadily aided by weak prices overseas and a strengthening rupee.Deficit worries?Heavy imports raised the fiscal deficit during previous year that had put the rupee under pressure and slowed growth. Following this, UPA finance minister P. Chidambaram raised the import tax on gold for the third time in a year.However, in May 2014, RBI eased import restrictions on this commodity. The central bank permitted private agencies and banks to provide gold loans to the sector. But, the government has not lowered the import duty which is at 10%.India’s investment demand for gold slumped 67% on year in the June quarter, according to World Gold Council.But, Kothari opined that India’s deficit would not hurt because of gold demand during festive season as government’s restrictions on gold imports and lower international prices will prevent the deficit.last_img read more